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Feb 21, 2013 5:00pm PST
entire economy to do so. joining me now is robert borosage, a contributing editor of the nation and codirector of the campaign for america's future. what a pleasure to have you on the show. welcome to "viewpoint." >> delighted to be with you. >> john: let's start with this, congress as we know is currently on vacation, again. have both sides sir resigned themselves or some last-minute deal to kick the can further down the road? >> i think you're going to see a lot of last-minute maneuvering and press release and press conferences but it looks pretty much like this sequester is going to take place. >> john: if the pew poll we just mentioned 76% say the president's combination of spending cuts and tax increases is the right approach versus 19% that want only spending cuts. so is it safe to say that no longer -- it doesn't really matter what the people really want? is it just about who can spin, sell their message better come election time next year? >> well, yes and it is perverse. republicans in some ways have a stake in a bad economy in 2014, they'll do better. voters tend to bl
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Feb 20, 2013 5:00pm PST
to a tea party on the right. and so they are--or they seem to be willing to sacrifice the nation's economy and sacrifice the other things that we all believe in and americans want like social security, medicare, education, job training, all the things we come to expect and understand is necessary along with the military. >> john: well, i recall john boehner boasting how he got 98% of what he wanted in the last deal. doesn't it seem like there is plenty of blame to go around in terms of republicans and democrats not trying to fix this problem rather than assigning blame. >> there is blame to go around all the time. but when the republicans say that the democrats and the white house have not come forward with any spending cuts, they seem to, again, going back to amnesia they seem to disregard the $1.5 trillion of spending cuts that the president has agreed to. we're going back to zero. they have an odd arithmetic. when they agree to spending cuts. they say fine and then say they want more spending cuts. they want to go after social security and medicare. that's their goal. but they don't wan
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Feb 19, 2013 5:00pm PST
. congressman ryan, you think helping the president fix the economy might do you some good. for more, alex isenstadt is a political reporter with politico. rick ungar is a contributor with forbes.org. thank you for coming back on the show. >> my favorite place to be. >> thanks for having me. >> john: let me start with you, rick. republicans are whining the president won't lead and when he does, it is only playing politics. is this the typical whining we hear from the power who is always out of power? we heard plenty of complaints from democrats about president bush or is it personal this time? >> it is clearly personal. i think senator rubio told the truth. even though it is pretty much the same bill he would propose if the president proposes the immigration bill, it is dead on arrival. it has to come from the republicans. that spoke volumes. >> john: it was true. alex, according to the white house, president obama did reach out to speak with senators rubio, graham and mccain on immigration today. now, is that really so unusual? i mean the white house insists this president makes regular c
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